I’ve heard this before
Sounds like Tom’s replacement listened to the other albums and put twists on his old riffs. Lyrics are reused often. Love these guys. They are obviously still grieving and maybe some more time would have helped. Yes, I know everyone grieves differently but there is nothing different here. Nothing stands out. The punch isn’t there.
There’s no doubt Tom Searle was the biggest brain behind Architects and it’s amazing to hear that they have continued to produce great music since his tragic death.
I’ll admit, when I first listened to “Doomsday” it sounded too much like “A Match Made in Heaven” from their previous album and I lost some interest. Needless to say they won me back with the rest of it!!
It’s funny how if a band evolves and changes their sound everyone wants the old stuff and if they don’t change enough people get bored. Sort of a thin line...
If this is your first purchase of an Architects album GO BACK AND GRAB “Lost Forever, Lost Together” first. You wouldn’t start watching Breaking Bad on Season 4 would you? Same methodology here.
Love this whole album!
I’ve been following this band for years and wow this is their and justice for all. From opening to close this captivated me. You can feel the emotional weight from beginning to end. The title track hits harder than anything I’ve heard from other bands. This album hits me on a personal level and I can’t let it go. Their best work to date. And yes Rest In Peace Tom you would be extremely proud. This album hits me every time i listen to it. It’s been a daily listen to me .
Tom would be proud. Keep it up guys
One of the Best Albums of the Year
I’ve been a causal fan of Architects for almost 10 years now. Not listening to every album but loving what I did listen to (Nightmares & Hollow Crown). After hearing about what happened to Tom Searle something inside me said “listen to what these guys are going to put out next”. And Boy....was I pleasantly surprised. This album is very dark, but brutal has Holy Hell (pun intended). It’s go more of a Meshuggah type of grove that I really like. It’s kind of missing an element with the guitar playing. That being some of the higher melodic notes that are on previous records (for example the tapping in the bridge of Early Grave). Maybe those parts were one of Tom’s contributions to the music and why those parts aren’t there as much. There is also this ambient keyboard going on throughout the album. Sounds like strings you’d hear in a movie score. I love it because it really does a great job keeping the mood of the album and keeps the album together as a full recording that should be heard from beginning to end. What a fantastic album, RIP Tom Searle.
Hard to come by GREAT Metal albums these days! This is a great album from Track 1 to 11!!!
Best Architects Album
This is the best Architects album yet. It slaps hard and I can’t stop listening to it.
I’ve never listened to these guys before. Everyone here saying album of the year are already fans of theirs. As a first time listener, it’s not bad, but it’s boring and extremely generic.
There’s no disrespect in 4/5
I rated this album a 4/5, but not because it’s quality of material. In a vacuum, it’s a 5/5. But when compared to other works by them, it’s a 4/5. Nothing to be ashamed of and I’m not being critical- these guys kick butt.
The Seventh Circle is awesome.
So are many of the songs. Mortal After All, Holy Hell...there’s some very heavy moments here.
When I first listened to LF/LT, the first Architects album I had ever heard, I heard “Broken Cross”. I was totally blown away. The album was and is a masterpiece. The guitars are very technical, mixed with ambience, dynamics of highs and lows, extremely moving lyrics, and the vocals were slightly less in the forefront in the mix.
I don’t hear a “Colony Collapse” or a “The Distant Blue”.
Sam’s vocals are different on LT/LF. There is a half song half scream going on with individual words, mixed with full cleans and full screams. Each word is like a crescendo. Sam’s overall vocal quality may be better now, but I appreciated the style more than the vocals on albums since.
To this day, that album is in my top 25 all time metal albums.
AOGHAU was a change. Less of that desperate energy of everything that is messed up with the Earth, more slow, foreboding guitar lines. Much heavier bass and heavy synths. Some very very good lyrics, but really not quite as interesting.
This album is further along the lines of AOGHAU. Which, isn’t bad per say. It’s a super solid sound. NO ONE sounds like Sam. With the tragic death of Tom, the technicality, which seemed to be phasing out for a broader reaching sound (smart decision from a business POV- I have nothing but respect for that as an entrepreneur) in Tom’s writing anyways, has continued to become more basic. But, at least it is focused and consistent and still has a very heavy sound.
There isn’t another metal band with the same sort of electronic ambience mixed with the metal aspect that they deliver. That’s always going to be top shelf. It’s fun to listen to, it’s great to have, it just isn’t quite the same as LT/LF. That album has an aggression and chaos that just may never be replicated again.